The Curious Case of Fickle Minded Indian Cricket Fans

Editor Sportzwiki / 28 March 2015

When MS Dhoni sent a Nuwan Kulasekara delivery into the long-on stands on April 2, 2011, the entire nation went mad as the six marked India’s victory in the 2011 World Cup. 4 years went by and the man himself led a depleted Indian team to defend the crown in the 2015 edition which is taking place down under. This time, the team trashed each and every opposition that came its way and fell at the penultimate hurdle (semi-finals) against the hosts Australia at the SCG. This time too, nation went mad. Unlike 2011, the fanatics in the country lost their minds and started to behave in a manner that was disheartening to see.

MS Dhoni after hitting the winning shot of the 2011 World Cup Finals

The Indian fans are so emotional that they celebrate a victory as if they themselves has achieved something extraordinary. Being a die-hard supporter is not a crime, but the above mentioned case does not come under the category of die-hard fans. A die-hard passionate fan will rejoice his team’s victory and will back them when the team is going through a low. But there are a section of fans who celebrate a win and if the team loses a match, the so-called die-hard fans started to break their television sets for the loss, which is not the right way to show their disappointment.

Fans breaking the Television sets and burning the posters

Only the Indian fans can go to an extreme of building a temple if a player performs exceedingly well and if the player fails in one crucial match, his personal life will be ill-spoken. Adding to that, his house will be pelted by stones and his posters and effigies will be burnt on the roads. For example take the curious case of Yuvraj Singh – Dashing southpaw was one of the main reason why India lifted the inaugural World T20 in South Africa and took India to victory in the 2011 World Cup and won the Player of the tournament award in spite of playing the tournament after being diagnosed of cancer. The fans hailed Yuvraj as a super star and the entire nation prayed for his speedy recovery from cancer. All the wishes and prayers were turned into curse when Yuvraj wasted few balls at the crucial juncture in the Finals of the 2014 World T20 against Sri Lanka, which proved to be the turning point and eventually India finished as runners up.

Yuvraj Singh after winning the MoS award in the 2011 World Cup (left) and after the 2014 World T20 (right)

Out of nowhere, Yuvraj became a villain and stones were pelted at his house in Chandigarh and his effigies were burnt. This was not new to him as he has faced it in the past when the star studded Indian team that had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan was knocked out after the first round in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. The same thing occured after India lost to Australia in their second match of the 2003 World Cup at Centurion, South Africa by 9 wickets.

The players are worried after getting knocked out in the first round of the 2007 World Cup

Fans after India lost to Australia in the 2003 World Cup Pool A match

This time, it was Virat Kohli who faced the wrath of the fans. Rewinding back to the 4 match Test series against England last year, Kohli hit a pale patch throughout the tour. What happened next? The fans started blaming his fiancé and Bollywood actress Anuskha Sharma for his failures rather than blaming his technique against the balls that swung away from him. Three months down the line, Virat scored a match winning hundred against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI at Ranchi and Anuskha was there at the stands cheering him. Virat blew her a kiss when he reached the milestones and carried his form to Australia in which he performed exceedingly well in the Test series. He had Anuskha in the stands and the fans started to celebrate both of them and hailed Anuskha as his lucky charm.

Virat Kohli sending a flying kiss to Anuskha after his century against Sri Lanka

But when she came to watch the semis against Australia at the SCG, Kohli got out cheaply and all of a sudden, the fans made an U-turn and started blaming Anuskha and Virat for India’s failure to reach the fnals. He is the batsman who is considered as the master while anchoring a chase. One bad innings and the fans forgot everything and started to treat him as the villain. His posters and Anuskha’s posters were burnt and the duo were abused in the micro-blogging website Twitter. Blaming Anuskha for Virat failure is as stupid as Bangladeshis blaming the umpires for their exit from their 2015 World Cup.

This so-called Bollywood actor wanted the fans to pelt stones at Anuskha’s house as she was the reason for India’s loss

The fans are not matured. So they are doing these stupid activities. Even few News channels do the same thing for the sake of TRP. So-called Editors in chiefs of famous News Channels are inviting some former players who are buried once their cricket career got over and discuss some bulls*** in the name of analysing the team’s performances. Yes, I am talking about Times Now and its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, who is doing some cheap activities to gain publicity using a hashtag #ShameInSydney. They were blaming MS Dhoni for not bringing in R Ashwin early on in the Australian innings and they can’t understand the fact that Ashwin spins the ball into the right handers which will make life easier for Adam Finch (as Mr. Goswami said) and Steve Smith to attack him. Blaming Virat for the loss? If that was the case, shall we blame Sachin Tendulkar, who led the team down in the finals of the 2003 World Cup as he was dismissed for just 4 in spite of scoring over 600 runs in the tournament? The players themselves are humans and they too tend to have a bad day.

Blaming Virat or Anuskha for the loss does not make any sense. Did they blame Sachin and Anjali for his dismissal in the 2003 WC Finals?

Times Now described India’s 95-run loss to Australia as a meek surrender and a humiliating loss. They also labelled MS Dhoni’s post-match press conference as captain Dhoni shrugged off responsibility. They even had ticker that read Did Suresh Raina get carried away and gift his wicket? and Did the dropped catch clearly show Kohli was feeling the pressure? They even went as low as demanding an apology from Virat Kohli to the nation for playing a bad shot and dropping a catch? They even questioned MS Dhoni’s dedication towards the team. Questioning MS Dhoni’s dedication is as senseless as the host of the show in Times Now Mr. Goswami as Dhoni was the one who replied I am on national duty. World Cup is important for me and I rather be here. Everything else can wait when he was asked whether he would go back home to see his new born daughter before the World Cup campaign get underway.

Is this what they call as journalism?

Dhoni was also the one who won India a World T20, a World Cup and a Champions Trophy as none of his predecessors, apart from Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly, managed to win a single ICC event. It is very disgusting to see the same media and the fans, who were heartbroken to see the likes of AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn in tears when South Africa were knocked out of the World Cup were blaming, abusing, burning the effigies and making their own players a scapegoats when India were knocked out of the World Cup.

MS Dhoni was hundred percent right as he said to the media during the post-match press conference when asked about team’s performance and the future you guys analyse, take your time and my advice would be write the complete opposite of it because that would be “THE FACT”.

Note: If anything in the above article hurts anyone, the writer takes full responsibility for it and the writer also challenges Mr. Arnab Goswami for a face-off or a debate on the Gentlemen’s Game.

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